Popular sitcom ‘The Office’ is getting an Indian ‘desi’ remake soon.
In a report by Variety, Aditya Birla Group’s Applause Entertainment acquired the rights to the format of BBC Worldwide’s mockumentary sitcom “The Office” at a showcase event in Liverpool.
‘The Office’ Indian version will have Michael Scott’s character turn into Jagdeep Chaddha, the clueless manager of a paper company ‘Wilkins Chawla’ situated in Faridabad, NCR.
Written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in 2001, ‘The Office’ originally ran for just two season in the UK, but BBC later sold “The Office” format to NBC in 2005 which produced the famous US version which ran for nine seasons starring Steve Carell as Michael Scott and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert.
Ricky Gervais said: “I’m always excited and flattered to see remakes of my work, particularly as I’ve ended the David Brent saga now with ‘Life on the Road,’ but when a country with a population of over a billion has a version I’m hoping for big ratings.”
This isn’t the second time ‘The Office’ is getting a remake. The show has already seen as much as 8 different iterations so far. It’s been produced in Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel and Sweden. But it’s the first time The Office is getting an Asian remake.